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Letter from the Bishop:

Dear Parent/Guardian

More than a fifth of all schools in England and Wales were founded by the Anglican Church. The Church continues to take an active role in the education and welfare of children in schools. There are nineteen Church schools in Bangor Diocese, which are part of a family of voluntary schools here, and in other dioceses within the province of Wales.

In their approach to teaching, Church schools have a special distinctiveness; the sense of being part of a larger family is a reminder of the purpose of their Church foundation. These schools were always intended to serve their local communities and not just the Christian families that send their children to them. The governors and staff of Church schools hope that all who are directly involved with the school will feel themselves to be members of a school community that is characterised by a loving concern for each member.

Church school governors and staff share a conviction that parents/guardians have a vital role to play in the education of their children. The partnership of parents/guardians and teachers working together is recognised as being abeneficial factor in aiding pupils’ progress and development at school.

Church schools benefit from the support of the Local Education Authority and this Diocese appreciates the partnership that exists between itself and the Education Authorities of Conwy, Gwynedd and the Isle of Anglesey County Councils. Naturally, the Diocesan Division for Education, through itsEducation Officers and Bishop’s Visitors, also provide advice to the voluntaryschools. Each Church school has two or more Foundation Governors who are appointed by the Church. Among the many tasks they undertake on the School Governing Body, is the all-important task of ensuring that the Christian ethos of the school is secure and maintained.

I hope that your child/children will be happy at this school and will discover that a loving and friendly community exists here, which will allow him/her/them to grow and flourish. It is also hoped that he/she/they will in the same way, be able to make a valuable contribution to the life of the school.

Yours sincerely

The Right Reverend Andrew John Bishop of Bangor

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